Another land art site that is definetely worth a visit while exploring southern Tuscany is Giardino Viaggio di Ritorno (“Return trip garden”) by the italian artist Rodolfo Lacquaniti.
Walking through this olive grove the return trip to your childhood is assurated, just like happens while visiting Tarot Garden but Lacquaniti’s garden is completely different: not colorfull as Niki de Saint Phalle’s one, because his sculptures are made with 100% recycled materials (iron, glass, sheet metal, wood…) deteriorated by time and weather. Each piece of the sculptures tell a story and Lacquaniti is able to tell you exacltly where he got that piece from (all within 100 kilometres). Yes, because I visited this garden with Lacquaniti in person!
Born in Calabria, southern Italy, he moved to Florence first, where he was an “ordinary” architect, and then to southern Tuscany in 2002, after buying this piece of land and an old farm house he renewed following his inspiration according to sustainable architecture canons.
The environment theme is central in Lacquaniti’s work: his sculptures are a critique to the materialist consumerism as it interferes with the connection between men and nature.
In his garden, the pieces of an industrial world that seem inappropriate and even obsolete in a rural context like that, are used for restoring peace between men and nature.
You can visit the Garden with the artist during springtime weekends. Reaching the park is quite easy, but there are not many signs on the road. Anyway, Rodolfo is at your disposal for giving you directions at the phone! Ticket costs 15€.